In her efforts she is aided (or perhaps abetted) by a black cat named
Noir possessing secrets of his own, and an intrepid reporter - male, of course - Julian Alexander (Trent Clifton), who follows
her faithfully throughout all her travels (or should it be travails?). This is the story of someone swept up in the task of fighting battles, when she does not really want to
do so. She operates in a world where good and evil are difficult to identify; hence she is charged with the responsibility
of making her own decisions and facing the consequences of them. Sometimes they work; on other occasions they prove to be
bad decisions. But this is the only way she can learn what the responsibility of being a Priestess of Avalon actually entails.
In truth, the roots of Genesis Avalon date back far beyond the anime
era to the time of the Hollywood Poverty Row studios, that serial after serial for Saturday morning audiences.
The structure of each episode is roughly similar: Jaina is faced with a series of obstacles and tries her best to
overcome them. Yet this repetition is part of the serial's attraction: we take pleasure in listening to the
way she responds to each challenge, and how such challenges affect her character.
In truth, I found that some of the episodes tended to sag somewhat: too much
talk and not enough action. Perhaps some judicious editorial pruning might come in handy. Nonetheless I recognize creator/
writer/ director Pryde's achievement in creating a compelling serial. I look forward to hearing more about Jaina's
travails in the future.